Mentor a High School Senior through the College Application Process!



Start Date


Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


2035 2nd Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Become a College Mentor and Make a Difference in a High School Student’s Life!

East Harlem Tutorial Program’s (EHTP) goal is to help prepare students with the academic skills, strength of character and social and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and realize their best possible selves. The College Mentoring Program is one way we work towards achieving our goal.

The College Mentoring Program is two-year, one-on-one program that guides high school scholars through the entire college admissions process and supports them as they navigate their first year of college. The program’s goal is to ensure that each senior successfully applies to college, finds financial aid, and chooses the school that is best suited for their needs.

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Mentees apply to a minimum of 6 schools, CUNY or SUNY schools
  • Support students as they research and apply to at least six “best fit” colleges and at least four scholarships
  • Complete all required parts of the college application with students by program deadlines, including the personal statement, financial aid applications, and submission of academic records
  • Support the development of their professional communication skills, including skills related to interviews and email communication
  • Track and report scholar progress regularly in accordance with program policies
  • Act as a role model, resource, and support system to your mentee.
  • Support your mentee as they transition into and through their first year of college.

Competencies of a Successful Mentor

  • Extreme locus of control - mentor goes above and beyond to meet goals and is action-oriented.
  • Excellent project manager - mentor is highly organized, can articulate a system for keeping track of responsibilities and meeting deadlines, and has a willingness and desire to do the research necessary to develop list of “best fit” schools for mentee.
  • Strong influencer/motivator - builds relationships quickly, is a great listener, inspires trust, and has a strong ability to influence and motivate people to desired outcomes.
  • Mission Fit - Passionate about EHTP’s mission of preparing students with the academic skills, strength of character, and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and to realize their best possible selves

Time Commitment:

The College Mentoring program is a two-year commitment with different requirements in Years One & Two.

  • Year One: support your mentee with the college admissions process through weekly meetings in East Harlem (minimum of 90 minutes once per week, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings)
  • Year Two: organize a monthly email or phone call with your mentee to provide support and guidance during their first year of college (minimum of 30 minutes once per month)

All interested volunteers must apply here:


  • Training Provided